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Steven Hodgson ‘By-by Lullaby’

Written for the Australian Chamber Choir in 2010.
Licenced courtesy of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2011.

‘The text for this work is a 16th century English lullaby carol, describing a dream in which a maiden mother plays with her child, rocking it to sleep while singing a lullaby refrain. The setting makes use of a variety of sustained modal sonorities, gradually leading to one of the all-interval tetrachords for the start of the mother’s refrain. This chord, from which all possible intervals can be drawn, symbolises the infinite potential within all infants and the divine potential within one particular infant, even in that most human act of being rocked to sleep.’

Steve Hodgson